Haute Author

  • NAME Lauren Monitz
  • BIO Thanks to a childhood on the North Shore, Lauren gained an appreciation for the finer things in life at a very early age and grew up immersing herself in as much of Chicago’s nightlife, theater, and cuisine as possible. From brunching at Bongo to cinnamon spice mani/pedis at Mojo, she can usually be found somewhere in her haute Wicker Park ’hood. Currently working in digital marketing, she is pursuing a master’s degree in E-business from DePaul University. An extreme go-getter, globetrotter, and cultural connoisseur, Lauren is actively involved in the DePaul MBA Association and a PR and Web volunteer for the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, she is also an avid Chicago sports fan and loves rooting for the Bears, Sox and Blackhawks. And yes, having lived in Colorado, she is also a Jay Cutler fan, don’t hold it against her. Connect with Lauren on Twitter @laurenmonitz or on the web at www.laurenmonitz.com

Articles By Lauren Monitz

Great Chef’s Tasting Party: Culinary for Charity

On March 16, the 2011 Great Chefs Tasting Party® Gala benefitting the UCP of Greater Chicago cooked up a crowd with a terrific space, tremendous leadership and a lineup of top-tier chefs in the wings. Renowned chef Stephanie Izard headlined the event as more than 40 Chicago culinary all-stars served up their signature dishes hosted by Honorary Chair, ABC7 food reporter Steve Dolinsky and Chair, Mike Ditka’s Restaurant Executive Chef Tom Kenny. VIP tickets included an exclusive cocktail reception and cooking demonstration featuring Girl & the Goat’s Stephanie Izard (Bravo’s Top Chef 2008) and Sprout’s Dale Levitski (Bravo Top Chef competitor 2007 and 2010), private open bar and live auction. Founded in 1951, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago first opened its doors to address the needs of children and adults with cerebral palsy. They help a child with cerebral palsy use technology that lets her speak for the first time and a man unable to use his hands or arms learn to do his own laundry and prepare his own meals. They help a woman in a wheelchair roll down her new ramp and back into the community to mobilize and inspire. Read More

Cochon 555: The Traveling Culinary Competition Comes to Chicago

Cochon 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event that includes five chefs, five pigs and five wine makers to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Each stop along the ten-city tour offers hard-working local farmers the opportunity to connect with like-minded agriculturalists, renowned chefs and the pork-loving public. Now in it’s third domestic tour, Brady Lowe, Founder and President & Creative Director of Taste Network, is passionate about increasing awareness of the sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system. Read More

Happy 50th Birthday to the Four Seasons Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago opened in 1989 at the prestigious address of 900 N. Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile. On March 21, it will celebrate its landmark 50th Birthday with special spa and dining offers all week long. You decide, does that make them over the hill or like a fine wine, only get better with age? Read More

Gibsons Hosts 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawk Chopper Auction

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in downtown Chicago will host the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Chopper on Thursday, March 24. Chicagoans will have a chance to purchase raffle tickets for this custom bike built by Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers during the event. Scheduled to appear is NHL Legend Jeremy Roenick; the first fifty individuals who purchase raffle tickets will receive an autographed picture of Jeremy Roenick. The Blackhawks logo is displayed on the gas tank, which is autographed by players and coaches of the Stanley Cup Championship team. The bike’s rims emulate hockey sticks and pucks and the handlebars depict the taped end of a hockey stick. Read More

Haute Event: Oscar Viewing Party at the Drake

On Sunday February 27th, approximately 100 guests attended the 83rd Oscar Awards viewing party hosted by Shaun Rajah with the Drake Hotel and Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions. Dressed to impress for this black tie affair guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and enjoyed a delightful 3-course meal. Chicago's sweetheart Anna Davlantes, co-host of Good Day Chicago joined in the soiree and luxurious goody bags were given to each guest with dessert. Over night Hilton hotel stays and a Club International membership were awarded as prizes for best dressed man and woman and for the closest guess for the Oscar Ballot. Read More

The Dailey Method, SalonBlonde, K. Amato, and Ciao Bella Invite you to an Exclusive Bridal Event

On March 31, The Dailey Method®, LLC, a leading barre workout headquarters in Bucktown, BluePrint Cleanse, Glow Skincare Spa, SalonBlonde, Stix and Roses stylists, K. Amato and Ciao Bella are coming together for an exclusive Bridal Event. The party will feature cocktails, food, a couture fashion show, wedding styling and wardrobing tips, hair and makeup consultations by SalonBlonde, jewelry by K. Amato, discounts on skincare products by Glow Skin Care, BluePrint cleanse info, unlimited Dailey Method packages, gift bags, giveaways and more to get ready for the big day. Read More

Haute Event: The Midwest’s Largest Lux Cigar Festival

If you’d consider flying to Cuba to smoke some of the highest quality cigars in the world, how about a quick trip over the state line to Indiana? The second annual Midwest Smoke Out, the largest cigar show and exhibition in the Midwest, will be held Thursday, April 7 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, a 20 minute drive from downtown Chicago. The event attracts cigar enthusiasts from around the country for a night of premium cigars, fine spirits and wines, gourmet foods and more. Puff, puff pass. Read More

Haute Event: Texas De Brazil Celebrates Carnival in Chicago With a Benefit

Can’t make it to Rio for the biggest party of the year? Texas de Brazil, Chicago churrascaria is celebrating Carnival, Brazil’s biggest holiday with a benefit for two local charities, The Gateway for Cancer Research and American Theater Company. Guests are invited to experience the fiesta with complimentary cocktails and appetizers and a festive Carnival atmosphere. 
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Trump to Offer “St. Patrick’s Day Skyboxes” for a Front Row View of the River Being Dyed Green

On Saturday, March 12, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago will celebrate the Chi-rish, St. Patrick's Day festival. Located on the hotel's 17th Floor, the St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes offer an unparalleled view of the green river minus the cold and crowds, while feasting on traditional, gourmet Irish fare. They can accommodate up to 40 people and are ideal for businesses or groups of friend seeking a unique, festive outing. Read More

Haute Event: Common Threads Hosts 6th and Final World Festival

Chicago’s most notable chefs will bring their culinary expertise together for Common Threads’ Sixth Annual “World Festival” on Monday, March 7, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Soldier Field. Michelle Bernstein, Stephanie Izard, Bill Kim, Giuseppe Tentori, Chris Pandel, Domenica Catelli and Anita Lo are among this year’s celebrity chefs who will serve up global gourmet cuisine in the annual culinary event to benefit health and nutritional education for Chicago youth. Read More